Dr. Daniel Kirk is excited to join the Blue Valley Northwest High School family as the new Director of Bands! Prior to his appointment at BVNW, Dr. Kirk taught at Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences in Kansas City, Kansas.
From 2017-2020, Dr. Kirk served as the Director of Instrumental Activities at Reinhardt University in Atlanta. At Reinhardt, he conducted the Wind Ensemble, taught courses in Conducting and Music Education, as well as oversaw all ensembles, teaching, curriculum, and operational aspects of the instrumental program. He has served as a guest conductor for numerous high school honor band clinics and festivals across the country. Dr. Kirk taught in the Blue Valley School District for five years from 2008 to 2013; serving as the Director of Bands at Blue Valley West High School, he managed all aspects of the wind band program including conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and instructing West’s Red and Silver Brigade. The Blue Valley West Symphonic Wind Ensemble was awarded Highest Kansas State Level Honors by the National Foundation for Music Education; this ensemble was also selected to appear in honored performance at the 2013 Kansas State Music Educators' Convention. Kirk was nationally awarded the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education Award by National Association for Music Education (NAfME) in 2012.
Dr. Kirk holds degrees from Missouri Western State University (Music Education and Piano Performance, 2007), Northwestern University (MM - Wind Conducting, 2015), and Michigan State University(DMA - Wind Conducting, 2017).